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Retailers in England will be able to stay open until 10pm six days a week when they welcome back customers after months of closures, the government has announced.

PA reports:

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said extended opening hours from Monday to Saturday will help shoppers return to high streets safely when non-essential shops reopen from April 12.

Shops will be able to extend their opening hours from 7am to 10pm to help customers to avoid peak times and ease transport pressures, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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